Colby Suggs joined Ryne Stanek as a first-day draft pick Thursday.
He had to wait until the last pick Thursday, however, as the Miami Marlins selected Suggs with the 73th overall pick.
"I was a little disappointed that I was falling that far, because I had heard some other things, but I got picked with the very last pick and I have a thing for being dramatic, so I guess that's just me and my personality, with that type of pick," Suggs said.
"I'm really excited to go to the Miami Marlins. They're a great club that's on the rise, so they're coming up hot."
Stanek watched the draft with his family at his apartment until he was drafted. Then he watched the remainder of the first day of the draft with fellow junior right-handers Suggs, Barrett Astin and Brandon Moore.
"It was funny because we were sitting there and he got really quiet and didn't really say anything, so we kind of assumed something was up," Stanek said of Suggs. "When he got picked, we looked at him and he was just sitting there cheesing, so it was pretty funny."
Suggs said the Rays' first-round pick, Stanek, misinterpreted his "cheesing" after he was selected by the Marlins.
"No, I was actually just nervous. I was kind of gritting my teeth, not really cheesing it," Suggs said. "I was nervous. I heard that they might be taking me there, so I was just kind of sitting there with my eyes closed, thinking ‘if I don't get picked today, I'm going to be kind of upset,' but then I was the last pick of the day. It was very exciting for me."
Unlike Stanek, Suggs was undrafted out of high school and he said he had not considered being a first-day draft pick as a junior when he began playing for the Razorbacks three years ago.
"I was honestly thinking I was going to be a four-year player maybe," Suggs said. "Which there's nothing wrong with that. But obviously I have a great opportunity right now going in the second round. It's great. It's exciting. I'm really happy to spend three years here. It was a great blessing.
"I've worked with the coaches," Suggs said. "The strength coaches were very hard on me and they've just pushed me to my limits. Really made me into the person and the competitor I am today by challenging me every day and making me do things that sometimes I really didn't want to do. Yelling at me when I needed to be yelled at and consoling me when I needed to get a hug or something. They've been really great here. There's no other place I would've rather spent three years."
In Suggs' three-year career at Arkansas, he made 65 appearances, posting a 1.36 earned run average and a 9-2 record. He struck out 87 batters in 79 2/3 innings of work.
In his junior season, Suggs set the single-season saves record when he notched his 13th save in the Manhattan (Kan.) Regional by closing out Arkansas' 3-1 win over Wichita State.
"It's great. That was one of my goals before the season even started. Just to be able to go out there and put my name on the board next to greats like Phil Stidham and Zack Cox, who is up on our record board several times," Suggs said. "It's great to just be a part of Razorback history in that way."
Suggs will join Cox in the Marlins' organization. Cox was drafted in the first round (25th overall) by St. Louis in 2010, but the Cardinals traded him for closer Edward Mujica, who has 18 saves in place of the injured Jason Motte this season.
Cox is playing for the Marlins' double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns, where he is hitting at a .314 clip. Suggs said he is looking forward to having a familiar face around the organization.
"I haven't really reached out to him too much yet," Suggs said. "He texted me congratulations. He's obviously busy right now with his season, but I'm sure I'm going to talk to him a little bit more, try to figure out a little more about the Marlins and the way they run their system and what to expect. It's going to be great reaching out to him and talking to him. Me and him are pretty good friends."
The Marlins signed Heath Bell last season to be the closer and he recorded just 19 saves in 73 appearances. Bell also blew eight saves while posting a 5.09 ERA.
This season, Miami has had limited save opportunities, but have gotten five saves from Steve Cishek, who Suggs said he enjoys watching play. Regardless, the Sulphur Springs native said he is confident he could contribute to the Marlins' bullpen quickly.
"I have a chance to move up quickly. Fly through the system," Suggs said. "I think they drafted me maybe because they're wanting some more bullpen help. Even though they already have a great bullpen right now with Cishek in there. He's great. I've watched him pitch and I love watching him pitch.
"But at the same time, maybe they wanted some more bullpen help this season or at least to start off next season."